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  • #1
    Jimi Hendrix
    “I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to.”
    Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold as Love

  • #2
    Charles Dickens
    “Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”
    Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

  • #3
    Bob Marley
    “Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”
    Bob Marley

  • #4
    Thérèse de Lisieux
    “The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily
    do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm.
    If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”
    Thérèse de Lisieux

  • #5
    Anne Bradstreet
    “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."

    [Meditations Divine and Moral]”
    Anne Bradstreet, The Works of Anne Bradstreet

  • #6
    Amy Bloom
    “I have made the best and happiest ending that I can in this world, made it out of the flax and netting and leftover trim of someone else's life, I know, but made it to keep the innocent safe and the guilty punished, and I have made it as the world should be and not as I have found it.”
    Amy Bloom, A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You

  • #7
    John F. Kennedy
    “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
    John F. Kennedy

  • #8
    Dean Koontz
    “When you have dogs, you witness their uncomplaining acceptance of suffering, their bright desire to make the most of life in spite of the limitations of age and disease, their calm awareness of the approaching end when their final hours come. They accept death with a grace that I hope I will one day be brave enough to muster.”
    Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog

  • #9
    Albert Camus
    “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
    Albert Camus

  • #10
    Lewis Carroll
    “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

  • #11
    T.S. Eliot
    “April is the cruelest month, breeding
    lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    memory and desire, stirring
    dull roots with spring rain.”
    T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

  • #12
    “Promise Yourself

    To be so strong that nothing
    can disturb your peace of mind.
    To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
    to every person you meet.

    To make all your friends feel
    that there is something in them
    To look at the sunny side of everything
    and make your optimism come true.

    To think only the best, to work only for the best,
    and to expect only the best.
    To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
    as you are about your own.

    To forget the mistakes of the past
    and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
    To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
    and give every living creature you meet a smile.

    To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
    that you have no time to criticize others.
    To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
    and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

    To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
    not in loud words but great deeds.
    To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
    so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
    Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them

  • #13
    Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another What! You
    “Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”
    C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

  • #14
    Albert Camus
    “Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
    Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
    Walk beside me… just be my friend”
    Albert Camus

  • #15
    “Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
    Brad Paisley

  • #16
    Alfred Tennyson
    “Hope
    Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
    Whispering 'it will be happier'...”
    Alfred Tennyson

  • #17
    Kay Redfield Jamison
    “I am tired of hiding, tired of misspent and knotted energies, tired of the hypocrisy, and tired of acting as though I have something to hide.”
    Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

  • #18
    Kay Redfield Jamison
    “We all build internal sea walls to keep at bay the sadnesses of life and the often overwhelming forces within our minds. In whatever way we do this—through love, work, family, faith, friends, denial, alcohol, drugs, or medication—we build these walls, stone by stone, over a lifetime. One of the most difficult problems is to construct these barriers of such a height and strength that one has a true harbor, a sanctuary away from crippling turmoil and pain, but yet low enough, and permeable enough, to let in fresh seawater that will fend off the inevitable inclination toward brackishness.”
    Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

  • #19
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • #20
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
    Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

  • #21
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.”
    Martin Luther King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • #22
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • #23
    Malcolm X
    “Don't be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn't do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn't know what you know today.”
    Malcolm X

  • #24
    Dean Koontz
    “Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you're going to lose a dog, and there's going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can't support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There's such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and the mistakes we make because of those illusions.”
    Dean Koontz, The Darkest Evening of the Year

  • #25
    Lauren DeStefano
    “Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
    Lauren DeStefano, Wither

  • #26
    Stephen King
    “But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”
    Stephen King, 'Salem's Lot

  • #27
    Nelson Mandela
    “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
    Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

  • #28
    Nelson Mandela
    “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
    Nelson Mandela

  • #29
    Nelson Mandela
    “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
    Nelson Mandela

  • #30
    Nelson Mandela
    “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”
    Nelson Mandela



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